Alexithymia in victims of sexual assault: an effect of repeated traumatization?

Am J Psychiatry. 1993 Apr;150(4):661-3. doi: 10.1176/ajp.150.4.661.


The authors compared scores on the Toronto Alexithymia Scale of 12 rape victims with PTSD, 12 rape victims without PTSD, and 12 nontraumatized comparison subjects. Rape victims were more alexithymic than were nontraumatized comparison subjects, and subjects with a history of more than one episode of rape were more alexithymic than were subjects with a single episode.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis*
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Inventory
  • Rape / psychology*
  • Recurrence
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology*